Syllabus Entrance
Printer Friendly
Email Syllabus

PY 156 Concepts of Physics II
Miller, Christopher O.


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

PY 156 Concepts of Physics II

Semester

SP 2012 HO

Faculty

Miller, Christopher O.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Physics/B.S.
Astronomy/M.S.

Office Location

Science building

Office Hours

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM, Tuesdays and Thursdays

E-Mail

Christopher.Miller08@park.edu

Semester Dates

Monday, January 16 - Friday May 11, 2012

Class Days

--T-R-- lecture, ----R-- lab

Class Time

11:35 - 12:50 PM lecture, 2:25 - 5:15 PM lab

Credit Hours

4


Textbook:

Physics, 4th edition, by J. S. Walker.

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
http://Online homework can be accessed at http://www.masteringphysics.com: our course is “Miller’s Physcis 156 - Spring 2012” (Course ID: MILLERS12).

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.

http://www.masteringphysics.com/

Course Description:
PY 156 Concepts of Physics II (MGE): A continuation of PY 155. Topics include: electricity, magnetism, wave mechanics, lasers, x-rays and nuclear radiation. Laboratory includes experiments and demonstrations to illustrate and emphasis concepts. 3:3:4

Educational Philosophy:
A learner has three assets they should make use of to succeed: their textbook, their instructor, their peers.  Their textbook (and other resources, e.g. internet) will be ready when they are and give them as much time as they require.  Their instructor will adapt to their needs and guide their efforts so they are focused efficiently.  Their peers, especially at the university level, are potentially their greatest asset.  Discussing concepts with peers forces one to refine their reasoning.  Whenever a student requests or receives help from a peer, both benefit.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. interpret real world situations involving physics in conceptual terms
  2. Compare and contrast wave properties of sound, light and matter and relate them to how humans hear and see
  3. Competently discuss principles of electricity and magnetism, and use them to evaluate an electric circuit
  4. Delineate the properties of the nuclear atom and the principles of radioactivity,
  5. Explain the concepts of general and special relativity.
  6. elucidate the basic concepts of physics as a part of our daily lives using Physics terminology
  7. prepare a multicultural research paper pertaining to some aspect of physics in modern society using multiple sources
  8. a. design an experiment following the principles and tools of scientific investigation; b. hypothesize; c. collect, d. organize, e. analyze, and f. evaluate data; g. draw conclusions; and h. communicate their results


Core Assessment:

The Portfolio assignment is worth 500 pts (out of 2000).

For the portfolio assignment, in addition to the multicultural paper, the student will select up to two assignments, quizzes, lab reports, tests that the student believes demonstrates that they have achieved mastery of the Learning outcomes listed above.  For each outcome the student will write a reflection paper explaining why those particular assignments, quizzes, lab report, or tests were selected and how they demonstrate the mastery of the outcome in question.  Points will be given for creativity and analysis.  This is one way for the student to take control of their own grade in this course.

 

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

  • Assigned Reading:  Each student is expected to read the textbook, carefully and critically.
  • Homework/Classwork: Homework is due at the beginning of class; classwork is collected during class.  You are encouraged to work with your TeslaTeams on both.
  • Lab Reports:  The reports will often be collected at the end of a lab period.  The completeness, accuracy, integrity, and presentation of these reports will determine your Lab Report grade.
  • Multicultural Paper:  This is a MGE class.  To fulfill this requirement each student will choose a topic pertaining to Physics and relate it to global cultures.  The paper must be 5-6 pages typed, double spaced, size 12 font (Times New Roman), 1.0 inch margins.  The Title and Reference pages are not to be counted as pages in the report.  The title page will contain the title, this course number, your name, and the date you submit the paper.  The paper must have a multicultural dimension in it or it will not be counted.  Include a complete Reference list (if it is not cited in the text of your document it does not count as a source) at the end of your report.  It will be expected that your paper should average a minimum of 2 total sources per page (for a 10 page paper this would be 20 sources) and approximately 3 citations per paragraph.  Optimally these citations should be from different sources (demonstrating analysis and synthesis of the sources).  Use a modified ACS format for citations.  A Rubric and a citation handout will be provided.
  • Portfolio:  for the portfolio assignment, each student will select up to two assignments (lab reports or examinations) that you believe demonstrate that you have achieved mastery of the Learning Outcomes listed above.  For each Learning Outcome you will write a reflection paper explaining why you selected those assignments, and how they demonstrate your mastery of a core Learning Outcome. Be thorough and analytical in your explanation.
  • Grading:

    15%  Classwork & Homework

    25%  Lab Reports

    30%  Tests

    20%  Portfolio

    10%  Final


    The scale is traditional:  90% = A; 80% = B; 70% = C; 60% = D; <60% = F.

    Late Submission of Course Materials:

    Late homework or classwork is never accepted.  Labs can be made up if done in a timely fashion (i.e. the next week); late labs will be penalized (e.g. -10% per class period late).


    Computer and printer malfunctions will not be considered acceptable excuses for late assignments.  The instructor recommends that work be saved and backed up--a life lesson in general.

    Classroom Rules of Conduct:

    Students should have read the assigned material and finished any homework prior to class.  This will prepare them to get the most out of the lectures.  (Printing out the lecture notes ahead of time and bringing them to class is also encouraged.)


    Students are encouraged to work in groups called TeslaTeams (except on Exams and Multicultural Papers!).

    Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

    PHYSICS 156 §HO: Spring 2012 Tentative Calendar


    Week

    Date

    Reading

    Lecture

    Labs

    1

    Tue, Jan 17, 2012

    Ch 19

    Coulomb’s Law & Electric Fields


    1

    Thu, Jan 19, 2012

    Ch 19-20

    Gauss’s Law & Electric Potential

    Lab 1: Electrostatics

    2

    Tue, Jan 24, 2012

    Ch 20

    Equipotential Surfaces & Capacitors


    2

    Thu, Jan 26, 2012

    Ch 21

    Ohm’s Law & Series vs. Parallel Circuits

    Lab 2: Circuits

    3

    Tue, Jan 31, 2012

    Ch 21

    RC Circuits & review


    3

    Thu, Feb 2, 2012


    Exam 1: Electricity and DC Circuits

    Lab 3: Magnetism--right hand rules

    4

    Tue, Feb 7, 2012

    Ch 22

    Magnetic Force & Current Loops


    4

    Thu, Feb 9, 2012

    Ch 22-23

    Magnetic Materials & Faraday’s Law

    Lab 4: EM Induction--Lens’s Law

    5

    Tue, Feb 14, 2012

    Ch 23

    Energy & RL Circuits and Transformers


    5

    Thu, Feb 16, 2012

    Ch 24

    RC Circuits & RL Circuits

    Lab 5: Making a D-cell Motor

    6

    Tue, Feb 21, 2012

    Ch 24

    RLC Circuits & review


    6

    Thu, Feb 23, 2012


    Exam 2: Electricity and Magnetism

    Lab 6: Reflection and Refraction

    7

    Tue, Feb 28, 2012

    Ch 25

    EM Waves & E and p of EM Waves


    7

    Thu, Mar 1, 2012

    Ch 25-26

    Polarization & Reflection

    Lab 7: Lenses

    8

    Tue, Mar 6, 2012

    Ch 26

    Refraction & Lenses


    8

    Thu, Mar 8, 2012

    Ch 27

    Eyesight & Microscopes

    Lab 8: Ray Diagrams


    Tue, Mar 13, 2012


    Spring Break



    Thu, Mar 15, 2012


    Spring Break


    9

    Tue, Mar 20, 2012

    Ch 27-28

    Telescopes & Interference


    9

    Thu, Mar 22, 2012

    Ch 28

    Diffraction & Resolution

    Lab 9: Diffraction Gratings

    10

    Tue, Mar 27, 2012

    Ch 25-28

    review


    10

    Thu, Mar 29, 2012


    Exam 3: Light and Optics

    Lab 10: Measuring c

    11

    Tue, Apr 3, 2012

    Ch 29

    Special Relativity & Relativistic Speeds


    11

    Thu, Apr 5, 2012

    Ch 29-30

    General Relativity & Photoelectric Effect

    Lab 11: Photoelectric Effect

    12

    Tue, Apr 10, 2012

    Ch 30

    Photons & Wave Particle Duality


    12

    Thu, Apr 12, 2012

    Ch 31

    Bohr Model & Quantum Mechanics

    Lab 12: Balmer Series

    13

    Tue, Apr 17, 2012

    Ch 31-32

    Atomic Radiation & Radioactivity


    13

    Thu, Apr 19, 2012

    Ch 32

    Nuclear Reactions & Theory of Everything

    Lab 13: Half-Life

    14

    Tue, Apr 24, 2012

    Ch 29-32

    review; Portfolio’s Due


    14

    Thu, Apr 26, 2012


    Exam 4: Modern Physics

    Lab 14: e/m Ratio

    15

    Tue, May 1, 2012

    Ch 19-24

    review


    15

    Thu, May 3, 2012

    Ch 25-32

    review

    Lab 15: The Higgs Boson

    16

    Tue, May 8, 2012


    Finals Week


    16

    Thu, May 10, 2012


    Final: 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM



     


     

    Academic Honesty:
    Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

    Plagiarism:
    Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

    Attendance Policy:
    Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

    1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
    2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
    3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
    4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
    5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
    6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

    Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

    Disability Guidelines:
    Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

    Additional Information:


    Lectures and other useful documents are uploaded to our class's parkonline.org website.




    Online homework can be accessed at http://www.masteringphysics.com: our course is “Miller’s Physcis 156 - Spring 2012” (Course ID: MILLERS12).

    Bibliography:



    Rubric

    CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
    Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
    Outcomes
    1,2,7,8a,8b,8c                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
    Strong evidence of mastery of 7or 8 core outcomes, adequate evidence for the remaining: reflection papers address outcomes correctly with definite integration across concepts. Facts used consistently to support positions or opinions. Strong evidence of mastery of 6 of the 8 core outcomes, adequate evidence for the other 2: reflection papers address outcomes correctly with some integration across concepts. Few facts used to support positions or opinions. Strong evidence of mastery of 3-5 of the 8 core outcomes, adequate evidence for the others: reflection papers address outcomes sometimes incorrectly but no integration across concepts.  Facts not used to support positions or opinions. Adequate evidence of mastery of 3-5 of the 8 core outcomes, weak evidence for the others: reflection papers usually incorrectly address outcomes with no integration across concepts.  Facts not used to support positions or opinions. 
    Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
    Outcomes
    1,3,7,8a,8e                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
    Artifacts chosen for evidence fit into an easily recognized organizational structure for all of the core outcomes. Artifacts chosen for evidence fit into an easily recognized organizational structure for 6 of the 8 core outcomes. Artifacts arranged with some evidence of organization and care No evidence of organization in artifact arrangement 
    Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
    Outcomes
    3,7,8a,8f,8g,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
    Reflection papers place all outcome related concepts in contextual framework of previous knowledge. Reflection papers place 6 of 8 outcome related concepts in contextual framework of previous knowledge. Reflection papers place 2-5 outcome related concepts in contextual framework of previous knowledge. Reflection papers place 1 or none of the outcome related concepts in contextual framework of previous knowledge. 
    Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Outcomes
    1-8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
    No factual or terminology related errors 1-2 factual or terminology related errors 3-4 factual or terminology related errors 5 or more factual or terminology related errors 
    Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
    Outcomes
    1,2,3,4,5,6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
    Artifacts chosen for evidence demonstrate mastery of all of the 8 core outcomes. Artifacts chosen for evidence demonstrate mastery of 6 of the 8 core outcomes. Artifacts chosen for evidence demonstrate mastery of 2-5 of the 8 core outcomes. Artifacts chosen for evidence demonstrate mastery of 1 or none of the 8 core outcomes. 
    Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Outcomes
    1,2,3,6,8a-h                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
    Artifacts chosen and/or reflection papers demonstrate real-world applicability of all 8 core outcome concepts. Artifacts chosen and/or reflection papers demonstrate real-world applicability of 6 core outcome concepts. Artifacts chosen and/or reflection papers demonstrate real-world applicability of 2-5 core outcome concepts. Artifacts chosen and/or reflection papers demonstrate real-world applicability of 1 or none core outcome concepts. 
    Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
    Outcomes
    1-8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
    No errors in organization, presentation or relevance 1-2 errors in organization, presentation or relevance 3-4 errors in organization, presentation or relevance 5 or more errors in organization, presentation or relevance 
    Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
    Outcomes
    1-8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
    No spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors 1-2 spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors 3-4 spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors 5 or more spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors 

    Copyright:

    This material is protected by copyright
                                   and can not be reused without author permission.

    Last Updated:12/14/2011 9:48:50 AM